The New Leader Weekly Briefing

The New Leader Weekly Briefing

In this week's briefing: the NLC Institute, addressing a progressive middle-class jobs plan, and advocating for voter pre-registration. 

Policy, News and Events for the NLC Community 

May 5, 2017


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  • NLC Senior Media Fellow Krystal Ball’s book Reversing the Apocalypse: Hijacking the Democratic Party to Save the World is out now! Former MSNBC Host and Progressive Activist Krystal Ball dissects what went wrong with the Democratic Party over the last 30 years-culminating in the electoral apocalypse of 2016. Krystal argues that Donald Trump is a predictable response to the massive economic dislocation of the past 40 years.
  • Johnathan Holifield's book The Future Economy and Inclusive Competitiveness will be out soon. In this groundbreaking book, the Architect of Inclusive Competitiveness, Innovation Economy leader, civil rights advocate and former NFL athlete, Johnathan M. Holifield shines a bright light on shifting demographic trends in the United States and the dramatic impact this will have on our economic future: the potential pitfalls as well as the extraordinary opportunities for shared socio-economic prosperity.


Events & Fellowship

NLC Institute
  • The NLC Institute is the leading training program for progressive young professionals. NLC Fellows are equipped with the skills to run for office, manage campaigns, launch a business or start a nonprofit. From strategic communications to fundraising,  entrepreneurship to coalition management, NLC Fellows master all the skills needed to lead the next generation.

NLC National Leadership Retreat 
  • July 20-22; Pittsburgh, PA

  • Please join New Leaders Council for its annual National Leadership Retreat in Pittsburgh, PA. NLC chapter leadership, alumni and members of the progressive community will meet in Pittsburgh this summer, July 20-22nd to unite, act, and rise. Attendees will be a play a crucial role in charting NLC's course for the future. The annual retreat in Pittsburgh will unite the NLC community around a shared vision for our future, inspire us to act, and rise to meet the obstacles as we work to build a more progressive America. 
NLC Millennial Compact National Conversation
  • September 14-16; Chicago, IL
  • Please join NLC for the NLC Millennial Compact National Conversation presented with NewDEAL Leaders. Millennial leaders, elected officials, and thought leaders will convene to discuss the innovative issues in the NLC Millennial Compact written by and for millennial leaders. Attendees will hear from keynotes speakers, network with rising star elected officials and NLC's network of millennial leaders. An agenda of the days' events will be available soon.
  • Register:

Digital Organizing Bootcamps
  • NLC Senior Digital Fellow Beth Becker is hosting two week-long Digital Organizing Bootcamps this summer in New York City (June 11-17) and Denver (July 9-15)!

  • Throughout the week of each training, you will get a hands-on in-depth training on topics like creating content, executing content calendars, best practices for websites, e-mail, social media, and more. 

The Brookings Institution: Side of democracy: America’s responsibilities now
  • May 11; 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Washington, DC
  • On May 11, Foreign Policy at Brookings will host Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state and the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson senior fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, for a discussion on the story of democracy both past and present. Drawing from her experiences in government and academia and her new book, “Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom,” Dr. Rice will join Leon Wieseltier, the Isaiah Berlin senior fellow in Culture and Policy at the Brookings Institution, for a conversation on democracy’s post-Cold War trajectory and the United States’ role in defending and promoting that system today.
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Bipartisan Policy Center: Digitizing the Power Sector

  • May 15; 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Washington, DC
  • Join us on May 15 for a discussion on how digitization can improve the efficiency and performance of the power sector across the entire value chain, from electricity production to transmission and distribution. Experts will discuss the benefits of digitization, as well as the policy challenged it faces.
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Highlights from the NLC Network

READ: NLC General Counsel Brett Seifried: Resist to Reform — To Win, Progressives Need a Middle-Class Jobs Plan

READ: NLC Press Release: New Leaders Council & NewDEAL to Partner on National Conversation on Innovative Progressive Policies

READ: NLC Portland Co-Director Nikki Fisher: Support voter pre-registration for 16-year-olds


READ: Ivan Rahman (NLC Boston '17): Three Things Asian Americans Don't Want to Talk About: Confronting Two Truths and a Lie


WATCH: Jerelyn Rodriguez (NLC NYC '16) featured on Fusion for her work providing free tech education in the Bronx


READ: Alberto Altamirano (NLC San Antonio '16)'s work with Cityflag featured in "City Partners with Local Company to Make 311 Fun"

Policy & News

Center for American Progress: Cuts to Medicaid Would Harm Young Children with Disabilities



Progressive Policy Institute: U.S. App Economy Jobs Update


The Brookings Institution: A modest proposal for a ‘Metropolitan Party’

Economic Innovation Group: This is what’s to blame for the missing millennial entrepreneurs
Bipartisan Policy Center: Sanctuary Cities and Immigration Detainers: A Primer

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